Curriculum Design in Mathematics


The curriculum is not just a list of mathematical statements to be ticked off as pupils pass through school. The curriculum embodies everything that contributes to pupils learning mathematics. It exists at different tiers from national, to regional, local, federation, school, department, and finally to what happens in the classroom with an individual teacher and their pupils. Curriculum is the key driver of raising attainment; designing an effective curriculum can have a profound impact.


In this workshop, we will explore approaches to designing a mathematics curriculum, considering several common models and focusing on the most impactful. We will then work together on various areas of the curriculum, scheduling the learning and identifying what materials are necessary to support the learning.

Example Programme

  • 10:00   An Introduction and History of Curriculum Design - Euclid, Newcastle, Hadow, Plowden, Ward & Burk, Mastery, etc.
  • 11:00   Phasing Learning
  • 11:30   Mapping a Domain (or at least an idea!)
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Mapping a Domain (cont...)
  • 13:30   A Journey Through Arithmetic & Algebra
  • 14:30   A Full Curriculum Model
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • Research findings around the most beneficial sequencing and timing of a curriculum
  • A consideration of the learning of school level mathematics as a single, coherent experience throughout a pupil’s time at school.
  • An understanding that we must always be planning for how a mathematical idea will unfold over time.

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Maths Subject Leaders

Your Course Leaders

Mark McCourt

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

Chris McGrane

Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland.

Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan has been teaching Maths in secondary schools since completing his PGCE in 2005. Before becoming a Mathematics Lead for La Salle, he was a successful head of department at Leeds City Academy for over five years and continues to work there as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics.

Over the past decade, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the maths community by the creation of several well-known websites, most notably MathsBot, used by millions of teachers and students each year.

Jonathan has regularly presented at local and national conferences where he shares his both experiences and ideas from the classroom and the resources he creates. He is a keen Twitter user and is often posting new resources or updates to existing ones based on feedback from the maths community.

Locations and Dates:

  • Oxford

    Beaumont Leys School (LE4 0FL)

    Friday, 12th July 2019

  • Bristol

    CLF Institute (BS5 9JH)

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

  • Aberdeen

    Venue TBA

    Monday, 16th September 2019

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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